Online: Foundation Certificate in Information Security (FCIS)

Duration: 17 hours / 2 days

The Foundation Certificate in Information Security (FCIS) course is designed to provide the foundation of knowledge necessary for individuals who have IT or information security responsibilities as part of their day-to-day role, or who are thinking of moving into an information security function. Every member of IT staff should have this knowledge. If your IT staff do not know what a Business Impact Analysis is or do not understand the significance of Risk Assessments or do not know what to do during an incident, then it may be time to baseline all your IT staff with this course.

The FCIS course introduces the concept of and disciplines within Information Assurance and how this can contribute to and form part of the overall business strategy for an organisation. It provides the opportunity for those exploring or moving into information security roles to enhance or refresh their knowledge and, in the process, gain a recognised industry qualification, regulated by the Global Certification Institute (GCI). This is useful to both the individual and employer in terms of attesting to the level of professional ability an individual has attained.

Based upon international standards and industry best practice, this course provides a great foundation for anyone starting a career in Information/Cyber Security or who are taking on extra Information Security responsibilities. 17 hours of condensed knowledge + a 1-hour exam proves your understanding of the top five disciplines of Information Security.

The InfoSec Skills FCIS course primes the student with all the knowledge needed to sit the Global Certification Institute (GCI) - Foundation Certificate in Information Security (FCIS) examination.

Why should you attend?

This course is intended for anyone who has an interest in information security, either for potential or existing security professionals, or as an additional part of his or her general business knowledge (for example, the material covered on this course would make good supporting material for network/system administrator who have or who are taking on additional security responsibilities, business managers, IT managers, security analysts and IT staff. When used as a baseline for all IT staff this course ensures that they speak the same language as your security team and that they understand why the security team do what they do.


Knowledge of IT systems would be advantageous but not essential.
An understanding of the general principles of information technology security would be useful, but again, not essential.

Course Contents

The course consists of five modules:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Information Security Management
  • Module 2 – Introduction to Information Risk Management
  • Module 3 – Introduction to Business Continuity Management
  • Module 4 – Introduction to Information Assurance Architecture
  • Module 5 – Soft Skills and Incident Handling
  • Module 6 – Preparation for the FCIS exam
  • Bonus Topic - Web Application Security & OWASP Top 10


Each topic contains a quiz that enables a student to test their knowledge of the information covered in that topic. At the end of each module the student must undertake a test to assess their understanding of the information provided in that module and to see if the objectives of the module have been met. At the end of the course, we provide an overview of the format, structure and scoring of the exam that prepares you for the Global Certification Institute (GCI) - Foundation Certificate in Information Security (FCIS) exam and professional certificate, which is bundled with this course.

Total Length of Course

The total time specified in this syllabus is a minimum of 17 hours of lecturing and practical work.

Course Materials

On attending this, course students are provided with:

  • Full colour, indexed, perfect bound, course book containing all course slides and notes
  • Classroom exercises
  • Sample exam questions

Author Bio

Tony Campbell MSc. - Chief Information Officer, Member of Faculty - InfoSec Skills Ltd.

Biography: Tony Campbell has been a technologist and security professional for the past 22 years, during which time he has worked on dozens of security oriented infrastructure projects, and during that time also publishing nine technical books, such as Windows Vista Beyond the Manual and Pro Small Business Server. He has worked as a technical editor for Apress Inc. and was the co-founder of Digital Forensics Magazine prior to working at InfoSec Skills. He maintains a security consulting role as well as his training work, and continues to enjoy writing in his limited spare time.

John Hughes - BSc, ARCS, CLAS, ITPC, M. Inst. ISP, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, GCFE, MBCS, CISMP, Member of Faculty - InfoSec Skills Ltd.

Biography: John has over 35 years' experience in the field of Infosec either building security products, systems or providing advice to clients. He specialises in Security Architectures with a particular emphasis on application security, identity management and trust infrastructures. John helped develop a number of standards on identity management. He has been actively involved in the initial launch of a number of security technologies into the marketplace, including secure Unix, firewalls, PKI and federation. He is a former CTO of an application security product and services company. John is a F. Inst. ISP and a qualified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.

David Sutton CISSP, M. Inst. ISP, SBCI, FBCS, CITP - Member of Faculty - InfoSec Skills Ltd.

Biography: David's career spans more than 45 years and includes computing, voice and data networking, radio transmission and information security. He joined Cellnet (now O2) in 1993, where he was responsible for the continuity and restoration of the core cellular and broadband networks, and represented O2 in the electronic communications industry’s resilience forum. David has been a member of the BCS ISEB Information Security Panel since 2005, and with the other Panel members co-wrote ‘Information Security Management Principles: An ISEB Certificate’. Since retiring from O2 in 2010, he has also undertaken a number of critical information infrastructure projects for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

Mike Barwise BSc, M. Inst. ISP, CEng, MBCS, CITP – Member of Faculty - InfoSec Skills Ltd.

Biography: Mike became involved in the nascent microprocessor revolution in the late 1970s. In 1983 he launched a consultancy creating bespoke instrumentation and control systems for industrial R&D and pure research, backed by his own line of hardware and software products for modular microsystems. He continued in this field until 1994, developing a range of robust systems including large scale automation for ecological research projects and SCADA systems for commercial clients. In 1998, having graduated with a First in Computer and Environmental Sciences and delivered a secure platform for a national medical records sharing pilot, Mike decided to specialise in information security. Since then he has consulted in network and host security, secure applications development, corporate security awareness, policy frameworks and compliance. Mike has taught electronics and internet technologies at FE colleges, and network management and information security both commercially to blue chip corporates and in academia to Masters level.

Peter Jones MSc - Member of Faculty - InfoSec Skills Ltd.

Biography: Peter Jones is a Masters graduate in “Internet and Enterprise Systems” with over 12 years telecommunications experience gained from working in a variety of roles for Orange and as a Systems Developer for telecommunications firm, Eurotel. He now leads the mobile phone team at Zentek Forensics Limited where he has conducted thousands of examinations on behalf of law enforcement and the private sector and is primarily responsible for research and development for data extraction from smart phones. Outside of working for Zentek Forensics, Peter is a Visiting Fellow for the University of Central Lancashire and regularly visits universities all over the north of England giving guest lectures to various graduates. Peter is training to be an SD1 level lecturer and will soon become an Associated Member of the Higher Education Authority.


techUK Members - £350.00

Non Members - £495.00

(Prices exclude VAT)

Official exams for FCIS are included, free of charge, as part of the current promotion.

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